Rochdale – Spotland

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spotland rochdaleThe Spotland Stadium, home to Rochdale FC was built in 1920, and at one time had the smallest seated area in the Football League.

Its current capacity is 10,249. It has been greatly improved by the construction of 3 new stands in the last decade, the latest being the Westrose Leisure Stand, opened during the 2000-01 season, replacing a former terrace.

Opposite is the single tier, all-seater Horners Main Stand, with executive boxes at the rear. At one end, the all-seater WMG (Pearl Street) Stand serves as a Family Stand. The Thwaites Beer (Sandy Lane) end is the only remaining terrace and is now covered.

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How to get to Spotland

By Road:
spotland directionsThe Spotland Stadium is located in Sandy Lane, Rochdale OL11 5DR, just over 2 miles from the M62.

Drivers should leave the M62 at junction 20, following signs for Rochdale / A627(M). At the end of the A627(M), take the left hand lane and turn left at the traffic lights. Approaching the next roundabout, get into the middle lane and go straight on into Roch Valley Way. At the next crossroads, which has the Cemetery Hotel on the corner, go straight on into Sandy Lane and the ground is on the right after about ¾ mile.

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By Rail:
rochdale train stationRochdale station, which is served by trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds, is about 2½ miles and a 35-minute walk from the ground and most visiting fans recommend getting a taxi. However, for those with excess energy, cross the roundabout outside the station, keeping left into Lower Tweedale Street. At its end, turn right into Manchester Road. Having passed Drake Street, cross the dual carriageway at the pedestrian crossing and continue in the same direction as previously.

Turn left in Dane Street, which leads into Mellor Street. At the end of Mellor Street, turn left into Spotland Road and left again into Willbutts Lane for the ground. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Manchester International, at a distance of 19 miles. Air travellers should catch one of the frequent trains to Manchester Piccadilly and thence to Manchester Victoria which provides a direct rail link to Rochdale. Total journey time from the airport to Rochdale is about 45 minutes. Click here to check the current flight times

There are several taxi companies in Rochdale that can take you to and from Spotland. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

Calling all Rochdale Taxi Companies – Why not advertise your company here?.

Where to Park?

spotland parkingCar parking at the ground is restricted to permit holders. However, there is a match day parking facility at Oulder Hill School. This is on the left side of Sandy Lane, on the way up to the ground, but does leave a 10-minute uphill walk to Spotland. Otherwise, there is plenty of street parking within a reasonable distance of the ground, though visiting fans should be aware of the “residents only” parking scheme which operates in the immediate vicinity of the ground.

Away Friendly Pubs near Spotland

pubs near spotlandThe Church pub, a few minutes walk along Willbutts Lane, appears to be the favourite of visiting supporters. At the ground, there is the Studds bar, underneath the Pearl Street Stand and the Ratcliffe Arms, near the car park entrance, on Sandy Lane. The latter usually offers a pleasant mix of home and away fans and has Sky TV.

For early arrivals, the unfortunately-named Cemetery Hotel, at the bottom of Sandy Lane, near its junction with Bury Road, is also recommended. This historic pub offers comfortable, friendly surroundings and a good range of real ales. Alcohol is also available inside the ground, but it is cans and plastic glasses.

Hotels near Spotland

best western bolholt parkThe Best Western Bolholt Country Park Hotel (pictured left), Walshaw Road, Bury BL8 1PU has undergone a major refurbishment since 2007. All bedrooms are en suite, with tea / coffee making facilities, trouser press, iron and ironing board on request, and colour TV with satellite channels. Guest reviews indicate excellent value for money.

The Mercure Norton Grange Rochdale, Manchester Road, Castledon, Rochdale OL11 2XZ has guestrooms decorated in neutral tones, with climate control, direct-dial phones, wireless Internet access, and satellite televisions. Guest reviews indicate a great hotel, staff, service and rooms.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip?

away fans rochdaleAway supporters have reported few complaints regarding the facilities and views of play from the away section. Excellent acoustics allow even a moderate away following to generate some noise. Coupled with the singing of the home fans, accompanied by a drummer and “Tom Hark” echoing around the ground if Rochdale score, this creates an effervescent atmosphere within the ground.

Along with friendly, knowledgeable home fans, good stewards and a great range of pies offered, this has led to several fans noting that Spotland has all the elements required for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Your comments about Rochdale – Spotland

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  1. Matt Borman

    If going by train a taxi is a must. If you want a slightly cheaper trip though you can save quite a bit with a short walk into the town centre. If you go straight ahead at the roundabout as you leave the station and continue to the end of the road. Turn right at the junction and follow the road around the corner and down the hill until you come to a square. The taxi from the rank here cost me £3.60 and £6.00 to get from the ground back to the station so quite a saving for what is probably less than a 10 minute walk. There’s also a wetherspoons in the square so you can get some cheap drinking in before the match.

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  3. callum

    nice chippie across from away end (does lovely meat & potatoe pies).
    The stewards are more concerned at stopping supporters taking photos of an empty ground with their mobile phones. JOBSWORTHS.

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  5. Daniel Buck

    Not bad ground, Definatly recomend the fish & chip shop near the away end , stewards werent helpful at all

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  7. JON

    Went by coach, so didn’t have the problem of parking on the Coronation street type roads around the ground. Dropped off bang outside the away stand, and because of the reports made, my way to the famous chippy, not bad. then a drink in the studs bar, and a word with the very friendly home supporters, who on a miserable night for them were up beat and loyal about their team, even though relegation seems certain.
    Into the ground and taking my seat bang on the halfway line, so a good view of the game was promised. i wasn’t going to be let down. This by both teams as a cut and thrust game was played out, even the Referee let the game flow, letting a few dodgy tackles go by the wayside, where another ref on the night could have issued a few yellow cards. The final score was 5-2 to the Blades, but Rochdale to their credit gave as good as they got, which was appreciated by the home supporters who stayed to the final whistle to applaud the rochdale team off the park. hats off to them and i wish them well for a speedy return to the 1st division next season. the Next 45 minutes was a nightmare as the Greater Manchester Police seemed to disappear as the local roads ground to a halt as the 3,500 United supporters who made the journey across the pennines had to struggle to get out of Rochdale. seemed the local force can’t deal with anything over a coachful of away fans. this doesn’t detract from a good jobs the stewards did during the game. over 2 hours to get back to Sheffield. On the night 10/10, apart from the boys in Blue and i don’t mean the home team……

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  9. Dom

    I was there to watch Rotherham lose their first home league game at the NY Stadium!

    Of course the game itself was fantastic for Rochdale but to the ground itself;

    Located nicely, close to the town centre. Would’ve preferred a Saturday game and a look round a few pubs perhaps.
    Parking was fine, we turned up at about 7:20 and managed to park for free in the car park of one of the many industrial sites/warehouses about a 5 minute walk from the ground – mostly Millers fans parked here so I assume it was okay?
    On the walk up to the ground I’ve got to say it looked impressive. We had to walk past a few thousand Millers and no trouble whatsoever, both before and after the game.
    Inside it seemed a little flimsy and perhaps unfinished to me. Obviously very clean and shiny.
    Food and beer was reasonably priced and my hotdog was nice for football food. Not much choice of beer, Fosters or John Smiths as often is the case.
    Stewards were fine and me and the fans I was near stood throughout the game with no complaints – I didn’t sit but my Dad did and legroom looked fine for a bloke of 6Ft. The away stand is very steep but I feel that makes a good view.
    Atmosphere in the ground is very flat I felt. Even when they briefly went ahead it seemed quiet to say there were around 6500 of them? Modern grounds for you though eh…
    Thought the admission was spot on – £18 for me and £6 for my 11 year old Nephew.

    All in all the NYS reminds me of Ikea furniture. Looks alright but a bit plasticy. I can’t see this ground aging well.
    Would I go back? Yes, hopefully on a Saturday and hopefully next season back in League 1 (ever the optimist!)

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  11. Callum

    No Suitable Pubs!
    Avoid Buses #Confusing for a first Time Visitor
    Not a lot of parking spots
    Very Cheap looking Hotels lacking Quality Though
    Atmosphere is stunning
    FOOD is extremely over priced and dreadful quality food

    I went on a train and it was one of the best days of my life!

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